Local research



Housing, Shelter, and Safety: 

Needs of Street-Level/Survival Sex Workers in Ottawa

Samantha McAleese & Lynette Schick

As part of the hidden homeless, street-level/survival sex workers are an extremely vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved population. Many are living in unsafe situations and do not often access traditional shelter or housing services in the city. This important study points to the intersecting barriers to housing that converge for street-level/survival sex workers; the success of low-barrier, person-centred approaches that work to meet survival sex workers “where they are at”; and the need to prioritize and coordinate greater access to service models of this kind.

This report was made possible with the generous support of Crime Prevention Ottawa, and is a publication of the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa.


building bridges: Perspectives on youth homelessness from First Nations, Inuit and Métis, Newcomer, and LGBTQ2S+ youth in Ottawa 

Corinne Sauvé, Charlotte Smith, Aya Fawzi, Tiffany Rose, Justin Langille, Kaite Burkholder-Harris, Jacqueline Kennelly

If we cannot, as a society, ensure that all youth, across all demographics, have access to safe housing, with the unique supports that they require, then we are a failed society. the recommendations outlined in this report are possible, and they are plausible, and they are long overdue. 


Landlord Engagement ToolKit: A Guide to Working with Landlords in Housing FIrst Programs

Dr. Jennifer Rae & Dr. Tim Aubry 

This toolkit is meant to be a practical “how to” guide to working with landlords in the context of a Housing First program. It will help program providers build effective, lasting relationships with landlords. 



New data shows that 73% of Ottawa rooming house residents have between one and three concurrent mental health disorders. Additionally, 55% are between the ages of 50 to 60. This data comes in today’s release of the 2017 report card on rooming houses from two community health centres: Somerset West and Centertown.


LGBTQ2S Adult Housing Needs Assessment

Dr. John Ecker

The report is prepared for Daybreak Non‐Profit Housing and the study received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The purpose of the needs assessment was to examine the housing and support needs of LGBTQ2S adults who have experienced homelessness. It is an important area of research, as there is a dearth of information on the topic and it is not known if LGBTQ2S adults feel supported in the current homeless and housing system.


Examining the Dynamics of Canada’s Housing Tenure System:  Implications for a National Housing Strategy

Steve Pomeroy & Greg Lampert

CHRA and the Canadian Home Builders Association, with the support of Genworth Canada, have released a new research report prepared by Steve Pomeroy and Greg Lampert entitled “Examining the Dynamics of Canada’s Housing Tenure System:  Implications for a National Housing Strategy”.  This report examines the full housing spectrum, and looks at policy changes and how policy impacts housing along the spectrum.